Phrases to Outlaw in Students' Writing

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If your writing classroom was the Wild West, what phrases would be "outlawed"? Here is one poster that every writing instructor, and really, any teacher of communication, should have in their classroom!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Treat these as the "laws" of your classroom, and design some fun way to identify when a law has been broken (i.e. play the theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
  • Track group progress on avoiding these phrases as a class, such as by tallying the number of times a particular rule is broken
  • Give to learners as a reference sheet that they can keep in their notes and refer to throughout the school year
  • Very attractive design and humorous, yet still very informative, presentation
  • Well-chosen phrases that are heavily overused in writing
  • Ready for print and display
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